Class 3a

Family reports multiple encounters on Highway 322.

Report#
01010005
Occurred Spring 2000
(Submitted May 1, 2001)

Witness Observation

Early in the morning my husband and I were driving from Lufkin to Longview. We were traveling on Highway 322 just south of the Gregg County Airport. I saw a large creature walking out of thick woods and on to some land used for strip mining. I wanted to get out. My husband would not stop. The animal we had seen was walking in the direction of a house that had just been built.

Two of my sons have had sightings while traveling the same road but farther south.

Physical Evidence

Did not check for evidence.

Sounds

Did not hear any sounds.

Additional Observations

The creature was approximately 8 feet tall, and very large in stature. The animal looked like it was two colors, auburn and a very dark color.

Time and Conditions

8:00 am - Wooded.

Investigator's Comments

Craig Woolheater

This investigation was conducted as a result of an incident that allegedly occurred just south of the Gregg-Rusk County line, in Rusk County, Texas, during the spring of 2000.

The witness stated that she and her husband were traveling on Highway 322. The witness recalled that the temperature was comfortable, with a little fog, but visibility was good. The time was approximately 8:45 a.m. The witness recalled at that time spotting an unusual figure emerging from the woods, walking bipedally, and then it went back into the woods.

The witness estimated that the distance was roughly 150 yards from the car. She asked her husband if he had seen it. He told the witness that he had not seen it and continued to drive. Although the witness wanted to stop, they did not. The site is used for strip mining.

The witness described the subject as probably around eight feet tall and very large in stature; its color was described as auburn. The witness recalled being able to determine that at the feet, hands, neck and torso was a very dark color. There is a newly built house on part of this land; the subject seemed to be walking in the direction of the newly-built house.

Five months later, one of the witness?s sons claimed that he witnessed an accident on the same highway involving a big rig in front of him. Reportedly, it was late at night, when the big truck in front of the son stopped suddenly. Her son went out to talk to the driver of the truck. The trucker reportedly told the son that something on two legs ran out in front of him. The trucker reportedly said that he thought at first the figure was human wearing dark clothes. Ostensibly, the subject was unable to avoid the big truck and was hit. The witness indicated that the son and the driver of the truck examined the front grill of the truck and found clumps of hair. Whatever it was that had collided with the truck apparently survived, at least momentarily, and got back up and ran into the woods on the other side of the road. While the two stood there discussing what had happened, they reportedly both heard noises coming from the woods. Supposedly at that time, a man on a motorcycle stopped at the scene. After hearing what the son and truck driver had to say about the incident, the rider of the motorcycle supposedly told them, ?You don?t want to be around if that thing comes back out.? Apparently the rider was aware of numerous reported sightings of large bipedal animals in the area and advised the son and the trucker to leave.

Also, the second son was supposedly driving the same highway late at night when he too saw a large ?creature? walk out in front of him. The son stopped the car and watched as the subject walked across to the other side of the road. The witness said that her son claimed that the subject was ?close enough to the front of the car to reach out and touch it.? Reportedly the son was shocked and refuses to discuss his experience.

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The witness drew a sketch based on her encounter.

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The "X" is where the subject was said to have been seen.

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